Macaroni Upma/Pasta Upma

Upma is always a big no in my house but this one and the idly upma is exceptional.My son who is a picky eater and doesn't like to take Indian lunch box dishes likes this fusion upma.As he prefers pasta without cheese and pasta sauce I make masala pasta and upma once in a while for his lunch box.
Coming to the recipe,I exactly followed the rava upma recipe,instead I used the elbow shaped pasta.
This recipe is off to Blogging Marathon #34 under the theme mess free lunch box.Here is the recipe............................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time      ~25 minutes
Serves ~ 2


Macaroni/pasta(elbow shaped)11/4cups
Onion(chopped)1(medium size)
Tomato(finely chopped)1(medium size)
Green Chilly(slit into two)2
Curry leaves/karivepillai5-6 leaves
Coriander leaves/kothamalli1tbs(chopped)
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1/4tsp
Tomato Ketchup1tbs(optional)
Saltto taste

For Tempering
Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Uad dhal/ulutham paruppu1tsp
Channa dhal/kadalaparuppu1/2tsp
Asafoetida/prungayama pinch


Cook the pasta in a boiling water as per the instructions,drain the excess water and keep it aside.
Heat the pan with oil and do the tempering with the ingredients given,add the broken cashews,fry it.Then goes in the chopped onion,green chilly,and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Add the tomato and cook it for a minute,add the chilly powder and give it a mix.

Add in the cooked pasta and mix it well and cook it for a minute.Once everything is blends well add the tomato ketchup and mix it well.Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.

Macaroni Upma is ready.


  • Mixed veggies such as chopped carrot,beans and peas can also be added.
  • Use of smaller size or shape pasta suits best for this recipe.
  • Adding the tomato ketchup is purely optional but gives a nice tangy taste.

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Love pasta upma. I don't make it that much but my sil makes it a lot. Beautiful clicks and love the lighting in second picture.

Delicious and colorful looking macaroni upma. Simply delicious and mouthwatering to look at dish. Kudos to you.

Pasta Upma looks so delicious ! Lovely pictures....

Lovely delicious!! never taught macroni as upma :) well done

lovely ! thats a cool dish for kids and adults alike :)

Delicious. As kalyani said a cool dish for kids and adults.

sucking clicks makes me crave for it rite now.... nice recipe

delicious upma.. my mum used to make this for our after school snack

Wow mac upma that really interesting twist..looks so delicious

wow macroni upma looks just yummmoo :) so very tempting one !!

wow nice clicks naini..and desi pasta upma looks so different

Lovely upma idea! Looks so good....I really like the yellow pan that you used for cooking :)

Love the pan in which you made the upma..stunning pictures..

Love that plate SN :) so love this Indian version of macroni yum

Wowm wat a fusion upma.. Italy and desi in one dish, thats incredible..

Beautiful clicks nalini!!! Upma looks inviting n loving your plate!!!;-)

Lovely!I am sure the kids will love this

Never thought of making upma with macaroni. Sounds delicious. Will try this fusion dish soon.

Tried to do some research on upma and landed here.

But now I'm confused.

Now isn't this the same as any one pot pasta/noodle dish ?

I could use any ingredient ?

I could use rice for example - but then I would rather call it pulao.

So what makes upma 'upma' ?

Thank you.

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